Our Team

 

Natalie Lambert (president)

My name is Natalie Lambert. I am a mother of two Special Needs boys. One with Autism and the other with ADHD, SPD, and ODD. I work as a Registered Behavioral Technician at Madison Behavior Therapy. I am passionate about Disability Acceptance and Educational Advocacy for our Special Needs individuals. I have lived in the Huntsville area for 5 years after moving from Massachusetts.

 

Amy fruchtnicht (secretary)

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My name is Amy Fruchtnicht and I am the mother to a special needs son who has autism, as well as a neurotypical daughter.  My passion is helping others in our community as they walk a similar path along this life journey.  Tennessee Valley UNITE is helping to fulfill a dream of uniting our community to improve the lives of those individuals living with disabilities, as well as their families.  My husband and I are from this area and we are enjoying raising our children around our families. 
 

david MCCurry (BOard member)

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I was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama and currently reside in Huntsville with my wife and children. I completed my undergraduate studies at Birmingham-Southern College and I am  graduate of Cumberland School of Law at Samford University and University of Miami School of Law where I was conferred a Master of Laws in Taxation.  I was admitted to practice law in the State of Alabama in 2008. My areas of practice include Real Estate Law, Estate Planning, Estate Administration, Elder Law and Business Planning. I frequently speak in public in the areas of Estate Planning, Real Estate, and Business Planning matters.

 

Carol woodard (BOard member)

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I am Carol Woodard. I am the mother of 2 adult men and my passion is Advocacy. My oldest son has Fragile X Syndrome and Autism and my youngest son has ADHD. My marriage and relationship with Christ are the most important things in my life. I have been married for 36 years and I believe parenting special needs kids is hard but worth every minute, every tear and every victory! In my spare time I like to scrapbook our memories.

 

JAMIE CUMMINGS (BOard member)

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My name is Jamie Cummings. I have worked in the field of special education for almost 15 years. I have lived in Huntsville my entire life and have loved watching our city grow. I am passionate about expanding opportunities for individuals and their families that have special needs to become more involved in our community. Tennessee Valley Unite strives to ensure that all persons in our area feel they have a place in our community.

 

vasuda bangalore (vice president)

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My name is Vasuda Bangalore. I am Canadian by citizenship and have lived in Alabama for 10 years. I am a Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of Alabama and the owner of Inquiring Minds-Behavioral and Developmental Services. My passion is to educate/implement awareness and acceptance of disability in our community with hopes to promote an increase in resources available to families and individuals with Special Needs.  

 

ken woodard (treasurer) 

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My name is Ken Woodard. I am a mechanical engineer that is retired after a 30 year career in nuclear power. My wonderful wife is Carol Woodard who is also on the board. I am the father of two special adult sons. One with Fragile X Syndrome and autism, the other has ADHD. Life with special needs children is a challenge that is worth the effort. This challenge is best faced as a couple. Special needs parents should be each other’s lifeline in the journey navigating this life together. Our passion is to help parents get the resources they need to accomplish this.


 

sandra groger (BOard member)

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My name is Sandy Groger. I am a pediatric occupational therapist and I work primarily with children on the autism spectrum. I also teach post-professional OT doctoral students for two universities. I have lived in Madison for 13 years, have two teenage children, one of whom is on the autism spectrum. In my free time I enjoy working jigsaw puzzles, gardening and crocheting. I am most passionate about working to unite families and professionals who care for persons with disabilities in the TN valley.

 

amy summers (BOard member)

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My name is Amy Summers. Grew up in Louisville, KY, attended undergrad at Auburn University and received a Master's in Education from George Washington University in DC. Taught at a public high school and loved working with students on an individual level. Seeing the exponential difference one-on-one learning made, spurred me on to get a degree in Behavior Analysis and recently become certified as BCBA. Enjoy working with individuals and families that have special needs and want to help provide a more inclusive community for them to feel accepted and thrive. Have learned a lot from working with these families and believe they are a huge asset to our community. Making the world more accessible to individuals with special needs helps us all learn from their resiliency and makes everyone better.

 

RHONDA NICHOLS (BOARD MEMBER)

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My name is Rhonda Nichols. I am a stay at home mom to two wonderful girls 9 and 13 and have been married for 15 years. My daughter Lily that is 9 years old has Cerebral Palsy ( CP) and epilepsy. 

I graduated from Troy State University with a degree in Sports and Fitness Management with a  concentration in Health Promotions and Exercise Physiology.

I want to bring awareness to the community about ALL special needs individuals. I feel the community needs more education about the different disabilities to help them understand and be more accepting.